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ERIC Number: EJ836262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1934-2322
Engaging Elected Officials and Policymakers through Civics Education
Dann-Messier, Brenda
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v1 n3 p161-162 Fall 2007
Effective advocacy can help raise awareness about the issues of literacy and adult basic education, and can also have very tangible benefits. Over the past eight years, Dorcas Place Adult and Family Literacy Center (Providence, RI) has increased the number of students served from 100 to 1,100, increased the budget from $1.1 million to almost $3 million, and added many new services. This growth has been fueled, at least in part, by the regular advocacy work it does. One focus of its advocacy work is to help students understand how each level of government can influence their lives and how they can become advocates for themselves, their families, and their community. Every year, as part of its civics education, local, state, and national elected officials, policymakers, and business leaders are invited to visit the agency for an hour. Dorcas Place also uses several other activities to help students expand their understanding of government or to promote the need for increased resources and services in adult education. Tours of the State House and mock elections are two examples of these activities.
Commission on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy America. 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. Tel: 315-422-9121; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; Workforce Investment Act 1998